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THE LAKE, by            
First Line: Moonlight on the lake
Last Line: That was her hair?
Subject(s): Lakes; Pools; Ponds


Moonlight on the lake,
And Lola,
Pale, in cool silver,
To break the uncertain silence
Off shore.

I watched a long moon-ray
Tongueing
The black smooth thing
Of prismic lac
She tells you
Her hair is.

Lola spoke,
Lightly too,
Of something she knew. . . .
Oh, I wish I had not chanced
This night
In Lola's sight!

The moon slants down
Among the blown ripples.
Out there,
Beyond the shore's shelter,
There's such a welter --
Silver and wave and white spray --
That who shall say
Which long bright streak
Is Lola's dress?
Or which one
Among the dark circles
Untwining still in the silvery water,
Is the brushed-back shining wing
That was her hair?





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